Getting older means finding new ways of doing things.
The idea of exercising for some is exciting, while for others it seems like work. Water aerobics can make exercising fun instead of arduous.
As we age, we may experience any number of medical issues that make exercise seem like a daunting task. Below are a list of benefits and steps you can take that will help you get your foot in the water.
Benefits of Water Exercises for Seniors
The good news is that water exercises make it possible for almost everyone to enjoy a low impact workout—and the warm water in the pool eases those aches and pains.
Here are a few of the benefits of water exercises:
- Helps balance
- Reduces pain
- Strengthens bones
- Improves mood
- Helps sleep
Make sure to check with your doctor, then get some pool time with these five fun water exercises for seniors.
Beginning Pool Exercises
If you haven’t exercised for a while, you’re likely to want to start slow and work your way into full-on water aerobics.
Water exercises for older adults are as versatile as they are fun and relaxing.
Even better? You can join a class in your community and make your exercise time social, too.
In the meantime, take a look at the Senior Swimmer’s Handbook for detailed instructions.
1. Water Walking
Merely walking through the water back and forth allows your body buoyancy, making it easier to move, and also provides resistance for a low impact workout.
Not to mention, water walking is versatile, which means you can add intensity as your strength increases.
2. Add a Move
Once you’re confident in the water and ready to move up to more challenging exercises, you can start with flutter kicks.
These movements will build core strength as well as strengthen your legs, and flutter kicks are great cardio exercises.
Grab the side of the pool and alternate kicking your legs. Once you feel confident in a stationary position, you can get a paddleboard and flutter kick across the pool and back.
3. Sit Back Hip Stretch
It may be challenging to get a good hip stretch on dry land.
However, in the pool, you can use the support bars to keep your balance. Slowly bend down to sit in the water to get an upper leg and hip stretch.
4. Water Aerobics
Seniors often use a walker to get around. What this means is that they may not get enough arm exercise.
People don’t move their arms when they’re pushing a walker the way they do when they’re walking.
Arm swing progressions are an excellent way to work your arms in the water. Buoyancy allows you to swing your arms while water walking and experience that movement again.
Stay Fit with Water Exercises for Seniors
Whether you’re just starting to exercise again, or you want to increase your workout, water exercises for seniors are healthy, fun, and social.
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